Folks had a chance to get rid of their electronic junk in Bangor Saturday.The Challenger Learning Center partnered with E-Waste Solutions out of Auburn.The company accepts universal waste, and disposes of it safely and for free.Organizers say lots of folks took advantage of Saturday’s event.”We have seen giant tv sets, we’ve seen really, really old fax machines, stereo equipment from times gone by.
There was a lot going on at the Bangor Air National Guard base Saturday.The US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol was on hand exercising its ability to respond to a simulated large and dangerous hurricane about to make landfall in the area.This is the first time in a decade the group has come together for a practice drill like this one.
High unemployment rates continue to drag down the national economy, but at least in Auburn, the problem got a little bit better, Saturday.The Call Center celebrated its grand opening.The operation occupies 60,000 square feet of office-space at the Auburn Mall.250 people already work there, and TD Bank is looking to double its workforce over the next year.Job recruitment was a big part of today’s festivities.
Route 6 in Lincoln was shut down late Saturday afternoon while crews battled a garage fire.We’re told the fire happened just after 3 o’clock at a garage on Lee Street.The cause is unknown at this time, but we’re told there were some people working on a car in the garage earlier in the day.Crews from Lincoln, Lee, and Howland responded.No one was injured in the blaze.
Several crews responded to a forest fire on the Troy Road in Detroit Saturday afternoon.Detroit Fire Chief, Don Chute says they received the call around 3:30.A small plane was flying over and reported the fire.Chute says when crews arrived on scene about 1 acre of land was on fire and was moving pretty quickly.He says only about 1.25 acres were destroyed.They received mutual aid from Pittsfield and Plymouth.The Newport Fire Department was standing by at the Detroit Fire Station too.Chute says they were only faced with one challenge.” The heat.
A 40-year-old woman has died at a popular swimming spot in Frankfort.According to state police, Amy Willey of Bucksport, was swimming with a male friend at Mount Waldo Quarry this afternoon.Witnesses say she jumped into the water from a cliff and did not resurface.That’s when the male she was with called 911.” A lot of people go up there to swim.
The ferris wheel is spinning and plenty of cotton candy is being sold.Which can only mean one thing, the Bangor State Fair is in full swing.The gates opened at noon Saturday and organizers say there was already a line of people waiting to get in.Director of the Bass Park Complex, Mike Dyer says the swamp master has already proved to be a popular attraction.Dyer thinks the human cannon ball will be a hit too.One thing fair-goers will notice this year is the fair is smoke-free.Dyer says there are a couple of reasons for the change.
Art, dance and music came together Saturday in Bangor, all for a good cause.MYX Productions hosted a music and arts showcase to help promote cancer awareness and raise money for Randy Billings.Billings is a long time local musician, now battling stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma.He was diagnosed in April and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Maine Medical Center in Portland.The event went all day and folks were just asked to donate what they could.His brother, Mike Billings is the event organizer.He says he can’t believe the community support.
Ready, set, text.US Cellular customers stopping by their Brewer location on Wilson Street Saturday, could take part in their mobile texting tournament.The competition is taking place throughout the United States.And the person whose the fastest in the nation will win 10-thousand dollars.Brewer Store Manager, Brian Baker says they are finding people are texting more and more.Baker says 5-billion text messages are sent a day.To make sure the competition is fair, everyone texts from the same phone.” It’s a HTC Touch Pro2.
A man who once described himself as a “ticking time bomb” is back in jail for reportedly exposing himself on Portland’s Western Promenade.Police responding to a call recognized 42-year-old Norman Dickinson, but he fled Wednesday morning.He was arrested later at his home and charged with indecent conduct and refusing to submit to arrest.Dickinson is on probation for burglary.He’s spent much of his life in state institutions.
Currently enlisted troops from any of America’s armed forces can receive free tickets to the KahBang Festival.The free tickets allow for admission to all aspects of the festival.To be eligible, you must present an up-to-date military identification card at the KahBang Festival’s various event box offices.Timothy Lo, executive director of KahBang 2010, says he is glad to be able to say thank you to memebers of the military for their service and dedication to the country and community.KahBang runs from August 6th through the 14th.For more information log on to www.kahbang.com.
The Maine Warden Service says a 54-year-old Brooklin man who disappeared Thursday night has been located.Authorities say William Longley walked away from his home and went missing, prompting a search on Friday using dogs and an airplane.Maine Warden Service Spokeswoman, Deborah Turcotte, says Longley called his family Saturday morning and has been reunited with them.
Bread is bringing people together in Somerset county.Farmers and bakers across the country, even the world, are attending an annual Kneading Conference in Skowhegan.The conference is followed by an artisan bread fair, at the Skowhegan fair grounds.The owner of King Arthur Flour Company spoke to a crowd of a couple hundred people.Organizers say the events are to help bring back the art and science of locally grown and milled grain, as well as bread baking.The conference and fair are expected to bring in nearly 800 people to the area from as far away as Hawaii, France and New Zealand.
A man from Union will spend the next 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting two of his daughters.Officials with the Knox County District Attorney’s office say Richard Leppanen, 35, sexually assaulted his 5 and 10 year old daughters over the course of a year back in 2008.Leppanen was sentenced Wednesday on 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact, two counts of unlawful sexual touching, and two counts of gross sexual assault.Following his release from prison, Leppanen will be on supervised release for an additional 15 years, and will be required to register on the sex offender registry for life.
A man from Union will spend the next 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting two of his daughters.Officials with the Knox County District Attorney’s Office say 35-year old Richard Leppanen sexually assaulted his 5 and 10-year old daughters over the course of a year back in 2008.
One person was taken to the hospital following an accident in Hermon Friday afternoon.Authorities say a Dodge Dakota being driven by 41-year-old Wendy Weaver of Belmont was traveling westbound on Route 2 in Hermon when a Subaru Outback being driven by 19-year-old Amanda Vonborstel of Hermon blew through the intersection at New Boston Road, colliding with the truck.Weaver was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center by ambulance, for complaints of neck pain.Vonborstel was driving with a suspended license.She has been charged with operating after suspension.